Water is vital to everyone’s health, but runner’s need hydration even more than others. Keep in mind that it takes around 30 minutes for the water to be absorbed and utilized by your body. So, if you are a beginner runner, you really do not have much need to take water with you on the run. Just make sure that you stay hydrated throughout the day, and drink before and after you run. Obviously, it is fine to take water with you, and there is no problem with doing so. You may just want to take it with you to aide your thirst and keep your core temperature cool. Just try to drink at a normal rate.
If you do decide to carry a bottle with you, you may decide to check out the CamelBak BPA-Free Better Bottle with Bite Valve. A 16 oz bottle would be about the right size to take with you on a short or long run.
Need more water than that?
Runners that have a bit more endurance, and can run longer than 30 minutes at a time should consider a strategy to keep hydrated on the run. On long training runs, some people stash water bottles at points along the way, while others carry a bottle with them.
If you do not want to hold the bottle in your hand the whole time, then you could check out the Camelbak Delaney Fit 24 Oz Hydration Pack. This is a pack that straps to your waist, and you can grab the bottle when you want, or stow it away in the pack.
For serious long distance runners, and those that want a lot more water, you may opt for the Camelbak Octane LR 70 oz Hydration Pack or the Camelbak RaceBak Men’s 70 oz Hydration Pack. Both of these are hydration packs that allow you to drink from a tube while you run, without fooling with a bottle. These packs are designed for runners so it can handle the vertical movement of running.
Here is a video describing the racepak in more detail…
Don’t forget to go check out these products!
Camelbak Delaney Fit 24 Oz Hydration Pack
Camelbak Octane LR 70 oz Hydration Pack
Camelbak RaceBak Men’s 70 oz Hydration Pack
Hydrapak Soquel Backpack (70 oz)
High Sierra Wave 70 Hydration Pack.
Whatever you choose for your hydration needs, be smart.
And run hard and run often!